Former president Bill Clinton declined to call tax inversions
"unpatriotic" on Tuesday, shying away from a term that President
Obama has used repeatedly against companies that take advantage of
Speaking at the Clinton Global Initiative, Clinton was asked to
weigh in on the offshore tax deals that Democrats have been
attacking ahead of the midterm elections.
"Well, whether it is or not, companies — particularly those that
are answering to shareholders — have a short-term perspective. A
lot of these companies feel duty-bound to pay the lowest taxes they
can pay," Clinton responded.
"We have to come to terms with the fact that everyone else in
the world has stopped taxing on the difference between what their
companies earn in a different country and at home," Clinton
Jeb Bush will be the star attraction at a Republican fundraiser
in South Carolina next month, his first trip to an early
presidential primary state as a possible contender for the
Republican nomination in 2016.
Bush, the former governor of Florida and a darling of the
Republican Party's donor class, will headline a closed-door October
23 fundraiser for South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, according to a
copy of the invitation obtained by CNN.
From a White House "fact sheet" on climate change:
President Obama announced an Executive Order on
Climate-Resilient International Development, requiring agencies to
factor climate-resilience considerations systematically into the
U.S. government’s international development work and to promote a
similar approach with multilateral entities. U.S.
financial support for adaptation activities in developing countries
has increased eightfold since 2009; such dedicated funding is
critical. At the same time, the magnitude of the challenge
requires not just dedicated adaptation finance flows but also a
broader, integrated approach. Development investments in
areas as diverse as eradicating malaria, building hydropower
facilities, improving agricultural yields, and developing
transportation systems will not be effective in the long term if
they do not account for impacts such as shifting ranges of
disease-carrying mosquitoes, changing water availability, or rising
sea levels, thereby reducing the effectiveness of taxpayer
money. This new Executive Order will:
Improve the resilience of the Federal Government’s
international development programs, projects, investments, overseas
facilities, and other funding decisions through consideration of
current and future climate-change impacts, as appropriate;
Share knowledge, data, tools, information, frameworks, and
lessons learned in incorporating climate-resilience considerations;
Complement efforts by the Federal Government to reduce
greenhouse gas emissions at home and globally.
A UPS employee opened fire Tuesday morning inside one of the
company's warehouses in Alabama, killing two people before
committing suicide, police said.
Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper told reporters that the
gunman was wearing his uniform when he started shooting either in
or near some offices inside the warehouse in an industrial area
just north of the Birmingham airport. The sand-colored building
sits on a hill and has UPS logos on the front and side. It has a
parking lot surrounded by barbed wire.
The gunman had apparently shot himself by the time officers got
inside the warehouse, Roper said.
Following a summer of race-related turmoil in
Ferguson, Missouri, Americans of all backgrounds are more likely to
see the criminal justice system as racially biased, according to a
just-released annual survey by the Public Religion Research
Institute on the economy, politics, race, and religion.
Americans remain divided on questions of race and
discrimination, despite a notable shift in their perceptions of the
criminal justice system. In 2013, Americans were evenly split on
the question of whether the criminal justice system was racially
biased; in 2014 a majority say it is. The change is driven by
shifts across all the demographic groups surveyed.
A California nonprofit is suing Starbucks, Dunkin' Donuts, and
other big coffee chains over cancer warning labels on drinks. The
for Education and Research on Toxins (CERT), claims the
caffeinated brown stuff these companies sell to millions of sleepy
customers every day contains a carcinogen called
A Wisconsin couple's act of compassion could end up costing them
Throughout the past year and a half, Brenda Konkel and Robert
Bloch of Madison have been allowing homeless people to store
belongings in lockers on their front porch and letting those
without shelter sleep there, too, according to the Madison Capital
Times. But after a neighbor complained to the City of
Madison that Konkel and Bloch were providing such services,
local authorities concluded the couple was breaking the law. If
Konkel and Bloch don't get rid of the lockers and stop allowing
guests to sleep on their front porch this week, they'll be facing
a $300 daily fine.
Attorney General Eric Holder says the federal prison population
has dropped this year by roughly 4,800 inmates, the first decline
in decades. Holder is speaking Tuesday at a criminal justice
conference in New York City.
According to excerpts of his speech, the Justice Department
expects to end the current fiscal year next week with a federal
prison population of roughly 215,000 inmates.
The government's own watchdogs tried to hack into HealthCare.gov
earlier this year and found what they termed a critical
vulnerability — but also came away with respect for some of the
health insurance site's security features. Those are among the
conclusions of a report being released Tuesday by the Health and
Human Services Department inspector general, who focuses on health
The report amounts to a mixed review for the federal website
that serves as the portal to taxpayer-subsidized health plans for
millions of Americans. Open enrollment season starts Nov. 15.
So-called "white hat" or ethical hackers from the inspector
general's office found a weakness, but when they attempted to
exploit it like a malicious hacker would, they were blocked by the